(a)  The instructor training course for specialized firearms instructor certification shall consist of a minimum of 81 hours of instruction presented during a continuous period of not more than two weeks.

(b)  Each specialized firearms instructor training course shall be designed to provide the trainee with the skills and knowledge to perform the function of a criminal justice firearms instructor in a Basic Law Enforcement Training Course or a law enforcement officer in-service firearms training program.

(c)  Each applicant for specialized firearms instructor training shall:

(1)           have completed the criminal justice general instructor training course; and

(2)           present a written endorsement by either

(A)          a certified school director indicating the student may be utilized to instruct firearms in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course; or

(B)          a department head, certified school director, or in-service training coordinator, indicating the student may be utilized to instruct firearms in a law enforcement officer in-service firearms training program.

(d)  Each specialized firearms instructor training course shall include the following identified topic areas and minimum instructional hours for each area:

(1)           Orientation/Pretest                                                                                                        8 Hours

(2)           Range Operations                                                                                                        38 Hours

(3)           Civil Liability                                                                                                                 4 Hours

(4)           Night Firing                                                                                                                     2 Hours

(5)           Combat Shooting                                                                                                          8 Hours

(6)           Mental Conditioning                                                                                                     1 Hours

(7)           Shotgun Operation and Firing                                                                                     4 Hours

(8)           Service Handgun ‑ Operation and Use                                                                      5 Hours

(9)           Rifle ‑ Operation and Maintenance                                                                           4 Hours

(10)         Service Handgun ‑ Maintenance and Cleaning                                                       2 Hours

(11)         Range Medical Emergencies                                                                                       2 Hours

(12)         In‑Service Firearms Requirements                                                                            2 Hours

(13)         BLET Lesson Plan Review                                                                                            1 Hour

(e)  The "Specialized Firearms Instructor Training Manual" published by the North Carolina Justice Academy shall be the curriculum for specialized firearms instructor training courses.  Copies of this publication may be inspected at the:

Criminal Justice Standards Division

North Carolina Department of Justice

1700 Tryon Park Drive

Post Office Drawer 149

Raleigh, North Carolina 27610

and may be obtained at the cost of printing and postage from the Academy at the following address:

North Carolina Justice Academy

Post Office Box 99

Salemburg, North Carolina 28385

(f)  The Commission-certified school that is certified to offer the "Specialized Firearms Instructor Training" course is the North Carolina Justice Academy.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 17C‑6;

Eff. May 1, 1986;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2015; February 1, 2013; August 1, 2006; August 1, 2000; November 1, 1998; August 1, 1995; February 1, 1991; March 1, 1990; July 1, 1989.